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Archive for November, 2011

ECAF : Stick Em’ Up 2

November 28, 2011  |  by four  |  ECAF, Features, gallery  |  1 Comment

Stick Em’ Up 2! Sticker & Graffiti Art show hosted by the man himself, Ed Seymour at the Bodhi Tree Art Shop. V2lab & East Coast As F*ck always try to show love & support of underground art shows when we can. We came through early and had two of our car on display out on the street – Matt’s Miata & Clay’s Caliber SRT. We also donated a few stickers to the event to show our support to some of the pieces constructed for the show, Check out our coverage.

Full Gallery – Click Here!

Photos by : Matt (Monst3r)

Mr. Thach

November 27, 2011  |  by Av  |  Car & Misc.  |  5 comments

If you own a MKIV you might have seen the build thread for this car before. After a fairly long build, Mr. Thach’s 2001 MKIV Jetta is in its presentable shape.

Sporting a Complete Bora R bumper kit, with his retrofitted headlights with projectors from a BMW X5, the front end looks beautiful.

The amount of dedication to this car is what makes it truly unique. With the pulled rear fenders he is running 17×11 +21 BBS RS rears, truly giving the rear a very aggressive look. This car has many mods that the average person will not notice, you will have to look at the mod list on the bottom of this feature to take notice on the greatness we have here.

You might have noticed the intercooler peeking in the first pic, that is because he swapped in a 2.9 Eurospec VR6, and didn’t hesitate to boost it. He is currently making 354 WHP on only 15Psi.

He plans on upgrading his 440cc injectors to 600cc and turn up the PSI to 30, to make some real power. As with every build, there are always plans to upgrade to make more power and we will just have to wait in see what else Mr. Thach has in store for us.

This car is the perfect combination between form and function. Best of both worlds can be had with proper execution and of course a hefty wallet. All in all this car does not disappoint.

Be sure that you will see more of this car since it is the latest car to join Team V2LAB. Congrats to Mr. Thach

Model: MkIV Jetta
Year: 2001
Engine: 2.9 Eurospec vr6
Trans: O2J 5 Speed
Exhaust: Custom 3 Inch Straight Pipe to Magnaflow Muffler and Polished Turndowns
Suspension: FK Highsport
Wheels: BBS RS178 17×9.5 et21 fronts 17×11 et21 rears with -3 camber, BBS RS flat caps
Tires: BF Goodrich KDW 215/45 fronts and 245/40 rears
Paint: Imola Red
Body Mods: Complete Bora R kit, Retrofit headlights with BMW X5 Projectors , Euro tail lights, Euro trunk, OEM stubby mirrors, shaved and pulled fenders
Interior Mods: Momo steering wheel, dual gauge pod with newsouth boost gauge and AEM eugo wideband, R32 pedals
Engine Mods: 2.9 Eurospec VR6 motor, mp t70 turbo .68 a/r, 440cc injectors, c2 42lb tune, custom short runner manifold, ATP tuning 3 in. downpipe, custom 3 in. exhaust, 44mm tial wastegate, APR dv, Forge MBC, heavy duty valve springs, titanium retainers, low compression head spacer, 42dd stealth catch can, Walbaro fuel pump, Nstrut bar, fully built oj2 tranny with cryo-treated gears, TDI 5th gear, Quaife LSD, Autotech 10lb lwf, Southbend stage 5 clutch

Pedobear Miata : The Rebirth

November 26, 2011  |  by four  |  Car & Misc., Features  |  No Comments

Back a few months back – This Miata was painted chalkboard black and had a hand-drawing of “pedobear” on the hood, it shook the entire car community when the owner [matt] drove under a semi-truck while riding down Interstate 4 in Central Florida. Well since the bit of unexpected internet-fame – Matt decided it was time to tone it – down and focus on shows and living life [and enjoying it - instead of risking it]. Here it is – in it’s new form.

Quickie: Clay’s SRT-4

November 24, 2011  |  by four  |  Car & Misc.  |  3 comments

Clay’s SRT-4 Caliber – The Pink Wheels Side.

Photo: Ravi Angard

Static Red

November 23, 2011  |  by four  |  Car & Misc., Features  |  No Comments

We’ve been planning to shoot Ravin’s 350z for a while now, Well we finally got it together and figured out a day. Fast forward a few nights – We met up outside of my neighborhood and rolled out. First spot we went to was a bust – There were cars everywhere and we couldn’t shoot. So we did what we could in a make-shift spot and this is what we came up with.

Words & Photos – Ravi (v2lab)

Fixx Fest 8

November 20, 2011  |  by four  |  Automotive Events  |  No Comments

Every year we take a trip out to the Bradenton Florida, to attend Fixx Fest – A sort of euro car heaven. There is always a huge mix of cars from full blown drag cars to show cars on bags; Take a look at our coverage and see some of what we saw!

Also Team V2Lab took 1st place best Audi & 2nd place best of show with Zach’s Audi A5.

Click here for Full Gallery

A True Southern Belle

November 20, 2011  |  by Tyler  |  Car & Misc., Features  |  No Comments

A quick perusal of Google for the term “Southern Belle” will net you a result along the lines of a female from the upper class in the south; one that represented all that was prim and proper in Southern society. Michael Gallego’s GLI before us is a classic example of that very same aesthetic.

Hailing from North Carolina, this GLI rests atop a set of Keskin KT-1′s (18×8.5/18×10), and is brought closer to mother earth with the help of Raceland coil-overs. Sporting the always popular filled hood notch as well as many other simple touches, Mike has big plans for this car–and his girlfriend’s. You see, she also owns a GLI of the same color and both will be on air and new wheels in the very near future, if all goes as planned. Nothing better than two beautiful Volkswagens in the same household!

  • Badgeless grille/notch-filled hood
  • Euro spec e-code headlights
  • Neuspeed short-ram intake
  • Forge dv valve
  • 3in TBE to an OEM GLI tip
  • Forge turbo inlet hose
  • Podi boost gauge
  • APR Stage 2 Tune
  • Raceland coilovers
  • Keskins Kt1 18×8.5/18×10
    Falken 512 215/40-225/40
    w/ Gold BBS RS Bolts

If you are a frequent visitor to the blog, you may have noticed a trend in the content I have provided in the past. That is to say, all the cars and events have been from North Carolina. Being that this is where I was born, grew up, and plan on living for the foreseeable future, I plan to show how we do things in North Carolina and prove that we can hang with the states more known for producing top-notch cars. Stay tuned for big things in the future as the show season kicks back into high gear. It’s shaping up to be a good one.



Festivals of Speed // Orlando, FL

November 17, 2011  |  by Dipz  |  Automotive Events  |  No Comments

Festivals of Speed was founded in 2004 as Florida’s premier automotive and luxury lifestyle showcase for discerning enthusiasts with a passion for all forms of transportation. Now in its eighth year, The Festivals of Speed has expanded to produce a series of successful luxury lifestyle weekends featuring the world’s finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcycles, watercraft, and aircraft placed for display at exclusive venues.

Several of V2LAB’s resident photographers and associates were present and braved through the crowds at the event. Before even entering the show, there was a plethora of gems sticking out in the parking lot including true JDM cars, beefy muscles and other tuner classics. Somehow there was a few not-so-classy vehicles that slipped through the cracks and displayed at the show so hopefully this will motivate some of our friends to showcase their own vehicles next time? *wink*

The attendance had thinned out throughout the day since the collection this year wasn’t as wide as it was previously. We’re sure this is due to the fact that the original date had been rained out and this was a rescheduled date not held as strong as the previous event intended to be. However, there’s always next year!

Check out our gallery (click) for this event.

And of course if you haven’t done so, don’t forget to “LIKE” the V2Lab friend and fanpage.


Kanjo-STi (Part 1)

November 16, 2011  |  by four  |  Car & Misc., Features  |  1 Comment

I first saw this STI floating through Tumblr; after a little bit of posting on Facebook – The owner was tagged in original photo, and that’s where this feature begins. I hit Kosuri up and asked him if he knew of anyone who would be willing to shoot the car for us – well fast forward a few weeks later – he got back to me pictures.

Also featured in this post is model Jonna Smigel. Jonna met up wthi ZandBox and Kosuri for the shoot – you can see more of her on her Facebook Fan Page.

Owner : Kosuri Atisuto
Photo Credits : ZandBox Photo
Model : Jonna Smigel

Special Thanks : Fizz Auto, Black Panda Society, Bulletproof Automotive & ScrapeArtists

>> Part 2 Coming soon with video run!


Sibling Rivalry 7

November 15, 2011  |  by four  |  Automotive Events  |  1 Comment

Sibling Rivalry 7 was amazing first and foremost! Tons of cars, people everywhere, perfect weather, and the whole show came together perfectly. We all had a ton of fun and we will be attending next year! Hope to see everyone out there again!

Team V2lab’s Manny – Subaru WRX won BEST of Show!

Our very own Kazuma Reppin’ in the Team V2 / Versiontwo Laboratory Booth!

Team V2lab’s Carlos – RHD CRX – won best JDM

And last but not least – Team V2lab’s Adam Phan – Honda Civic on CCW’s won best Stance!

Click here to see our Full Gallery of Photos!


November 14, 2011  |  by Jordan  |  Car & Misc., Features  |  No Comments

Had a quick shoot of Claude’s R35 GTR “GOJIRA” after First class fitment on the air strip. The shoot would have gone on longer, except we all scrambled because a plane was landing! Anyway, Claude sure knows how to build a clean car, with this being the lowest R35 I have ever seen!

And then the sky went pink…

Dont forget about the full HD wallpaper of this monster on Canibeat!

Straight out of Japan.

November 13, 2011  |  by Jordan  |  Car & Misc., Features  |  7 comments

I suck at writeups. The owner of this awesome R32 GTR, François Thériault Rehel, on the other hand, could write a book about his car. Conveniently for me, he did just that!

Since its importation in 2009, the car has been through many changes each year. Most of the modifications that had been done to it in Japan where retained But an another 500 hours of work were done to the car by the owner himself in his home garage, completing over 90% of the overall work to it. The goal for the global feel of the car was to make it look like time attack cars of Japan, with many aero parts.

The car sports the classic array of Nismo body enhancements: hood lip, bumper vents, headlights, side pods, trunk lip As well as many carbon fiber aero parts: Serubeku canards, AB Flug front diffuser, Top Secret rear diffuser, Attain rear bumper guard.
Chassis wise, the car is setup to not only keep up with the best on the track, but beat them silly, while still being street friendly

It is riding on HKS coilovers custom valved by Selex Suspension, while every single suspension components where upgraded to beefier, solid, adjustable variants,
The setup was then perfectly corner balanced and aligned at VAG Motorsport, for that perfect steering feel and predictability. The unreliable 4 wheel steering HICAS system was completely removed from the car. It also has many stiffening equipment from Cusco, lower chassis brace, rear strut tower/trunk brace, customized roll bar, and a front strut tower brace from Nismo.

The wheels are Work Emotion CR Kai in 17×9 f&r, but the set wasn’t destined for a GTR’s body since it came off a Nissan S13, so spacers were added to achieve a square final offset of +13. Wrapping them are 265/40/R17 Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec tires all around. Front and rear fenders were rolled to allow all this rubber to fit.

To endure all the track abuse, the braking system was also beefed up, the 324mm Brembo setup up front was transferred directly from an R33 GTR, with custom brake lines. At the rear lies another story, Brembo callipers where taken from a Subaru STI, bolted unto custom brackets, fitted over special Garage Saurus 330mm rotors surrounded by custom made back plates, with custom brake lines, pads are from Hawk’s HP+ series.


(It actually shoots flames on the track, the cardboard flames are just for car shows ;) )

In the engine bay, much as changed also, although the engine block remains stock, all major parts were powder coated either deep blue or satin black. Under the twin turbo pipe lies a set of R34 GTR N1 turbos sucking air from an Apex’i Power Intake kit and pushing it into a large Greddy intercooler via Greddy hardpiping, expelling extra pressure via a set of HKS special edition SSQV blow off valves. Fuel is delivered by a Nismo fuel pump through a Nismo FPR and SARD 720cc injectors, while Splitfire coilpacks deliver the spark. Valve timing is adjusted by HKS cams and cam gears, and boost controlled by an HKS EVCS electronic controller. Exhaust gases are expelled by R34 dump pipes, a Nismo downpipe, a test pipe and out of an HKS LEGAL cat back.

Tuned by Robin Almasi @ Almasi Tuning, this setup yielded a respectable 490hp @ 7200rpm @ 15,5psi on the dyno but with the catback removed, power output climbed to 512hp.
All this on a stock motor and ECU with just over 1 bar of boost, and perfect reliability.
With such power, temperatures on the track had to be kept to a minimum, so cooling was addressed by upgrading the radiator to KOYO aluminium unit. Coolers were added, one for the engine oil and another for power steering, from Toyorad and Hayden respectively. Even custom cooling ducts were fabricated for the brakes.


The interior is very daily driveable since creature conforts remain, like the AC, stereo, and sound deafening front seats were swapped with those of an R34 GTR while the rears were replaced with a custom storage deck a modified Cusco roll bar protects the driver, while a Sabelt 5 point cam style racing harness holds him in place a unique OMP Corsica special edition steering wheel, spaced by a Sparco 50mm spacer helps the driver point the car in the right direction instrument clusters were swapped with Nismo units while an Autometer boost gauge and AEM UEGO wideband were added a Skylab TSC and HKS turbo timer and boost controller help the driver select various electronic settings.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this car when you drive and feel the Nismo solid shift and twin plate clutch, every aspect of its performance has been improved while still keeping it a very streetable machine, even on the extremely bad roads of Quebec.

This car is mostly used for lapping, but was signed up for 2 time attack events during the passing summer, and reached the podium in both in street class

For more info on the build, follow the original build thread 125.000 views strong


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